Date of Birth
31 May 1930, San Francisco, California, USA
Clinton Eastwood Jr.
His characters have a new “trademark expression” in each movie. The same character (e.g., Dirty Harry) will have a different one in each movie.
At the end of movies he directs, during the credits the camera will move around the location it was filmed in. then freezeframe for the rest of the credits.
Frequently uses shadow lighting in his films.
The lead characters in his movie are often outsiders with a dark past they prefer not to remember
His movies usually begin and end with the death of a character.
His films often deal with the gap between the truth and the mythologized version of the truth (White Hunter Black Heart, Unforgiven, Flags of our Fathers)
Often plays characters who are consumed by regrets over past mistakes and are given one chance to redeem themselves (Unforgiven, In the Lineof Fire, Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino)
Is a partial owner of the Pebble Beach Golf Country Club in Monterey Peninsula, California.
Owns the inn Mission Ranch, Carmel, California, USA.
1998: Received an honorary Cesar award in Paris, France, for his body of work.
10/97: Ranked #2 in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list.
He wore the same poncho, without ever having washed it, in all three of his “Man with No Name” Westerns.
Gained popularity with his first three major films, Per un pugno di dollari (1964), Per qualche dollaro in più (1965) and Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo. (1966). Soon afterwards Jolly Films (which produced Per un pugno di dollari (1964)) came out with a film called “The Magnificent Stranger”, which was actually two episodes of “Rawhide” (1959) edited together. Eastwood sued and the film was withdrawn.
1986: Elected mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. It has often been claimed that he ran for office as a Republican. In fact, although he was registered as a Republican in California, the position of mayor is non-partisan.
Was apparently such an organized director that he finished Absolute Power (1997) days ahead of schedule.
When Don Siegel fell ill during production of Dirty Harry (1971), Eastwood stepped in as director during the attempted-suicide/jumper sequence.
Got his role in “Rawhide” (1959) while visiting a friend at the CBS lot when a studio exec spotted him because he “looked like a cowboy.”
1950-1954: Drafted and served in the United States Army, assigned to Special Services. He was a swimming instructor.
Lived with Sondra Locke for 14 years, although the couple never married.
It’s interesting, given his penchant towards directing or starring in westerns, that his name, Clint Eastwood, is an anagram for ‘old west action.’
His name is used as the title of the hit Gorillaz song and video “Clint Eastwood” (2001).
Mentioned in the theme song of the 1980s TV hit “The Fall Guy” (1981).
For many years he was the owner of the nation’s largest known hardwood tree, a bluegum eucalyptus, until a larger version of the tree was discovered in 2002.
6/8/02: Sworn in as Parks Commissioner for the state of California at Big Basin Redwood Park, Santa Cruz. Holding up his new commissioner’s badge, he told the crowd, “You’re all under arrest.”.
2000: Recipient of John F. Kennedy Center Honors.
2000: Received the Career Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
Is of a mixed heritage that includes Dutch, Scottish, Irish and English blood.
Redubbed his own dialogue for the American releases of Per un pugno di dollari (1964) (“A Fistful Of Dollars”), Per qualche dollaro in più (1965) (“For A Few Dollars More”), and Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo. (1966) (“The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”).
When he directs, he insists that his actors wear as little makeup as possible and he likes to print first takes. As a result, his films consistently finish on schedule and on budget.
When directing, he simply says “okay” instead of “action” and “cut.” (source: “Sunday Morning Shootout”).
Weighed 11 lbs 6 oz at birth.
He was a contract player at Universal International. He and another young actor named Burt Reynolds were released from their contracts and left the studio on the same day. They were both fired by the same director. Eastwood was fired when the director didn’t want to use him in a movie because “his Adam’s Apple was too big.” Reynolds, who was serving as a stunt man, was fired after he shoved the director into a water tank during an argument over how to do a stunt fall.
Mentioned on T.G. Sheppard’s hit single “Make My Day,” which in the first half of 1984 reached #12 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart and also reached #62 on that magazine’s Hot 100 singles survey.
Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. “World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945- 1985”. Pages 294-302. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
He was going to play the villain “Two-Face” on the “Batman” (1966) TV series, but the show was canceled before the project began. He would later be considered to play Batman as an older man before Warner Brothers decided to proceed with Batman Begins (2005).
He was voted the 16th “Greatest Movie Star of All Time” by Entertainment Weekly. Eastwood was only two rankings behind his own all-time favorite film actor, James Cagney.
Grandfather of Clinton Eastwood-Gaddie (b. 21 February 1984, son of Kimber Eastwood and Anthony Gaddie) and Graylen Eastwood (b. 28 March 1994, daughter of Kyle Eastwood and Laura Gomez).
Has 7 children by 5 different women: Kimber Eastwood (born 17 June 1964) with Roxanne Tunis, Kyle Eastwood (born 19 May 1968) and Alison Eastwood (born 22 May 1972) with Maggie Johnson, Scott Eastwood (born 21 March 1986) and Kathryn Eastwood (2 February 1988) with Jacelyn Reeves, Francesca Fisher-Eastwood (born 7 August 1993) with Frances Fisher and Morgan Eastwood (born 12 December 1996) with Dina Eastwood.
Is owner of the exclusive Tehama golf club in Carmel Valley, California.
He was reluctant to have children with his wife at first (although he did have a child from an affair), but then she became very ill with hepatitis. Once she recovered, he changed his mind, and almost 15 years after they married, their first child together was born.
Although he has been associated with violence throughout his career, he personally detests it and has carefully shown the horrific consequences of violence in his more recent films, such as Unforgiven (1992), A Perfect World (1993), Absolute Power (1997), Mystic River (2003) Million Dollar Baby (2004) and Gran Torino (2008).
He has always disliked the reading of political and social agendas in his films, which has occurred from Dirty Harry (1971) to Million Dollar Baby (2004). He has always maintained that all of his films are apolitical and what he has in mind when making a film is whether it’s going to be entertaining and compelling.
Has been named to Quigley Publications’ annual Top 10 Poll of Money-Making Stars 21 times, making him #2 all-time for appearances in the top 10 list. Only John Wayne, with 25 appearances in the Top 10, has more. Eastwood, who first appeared in the Top Ten at #5 in 1968, finished #2 to Wayne at the box office in 1971 after finishing #2 to Paul Newman in 1970. After his first two consecutive #1 appearances in 1972 and 1973, he dropped back to #2 in 1974, trailing Robert Redford at the box office. Clint was again #2 in 1979, 1981 and 1982 (topped by Burt Reynolds all three years), before leading the charts in 1983 and ’84. He last topped the poll in 1993.
Was named the top box-office star of 1972 and again in 1973 by the Motion Picture Herald, based on an annual poll of exhibitors as to the drawing power of movie stars at the box-office, conducted by Quigley Publications.
He was the only nominee for the Best Actor Oscar in 2004 (for Million Dollar Baby (2004)) to play a fictitious character. All four other nominees portrayed real people in their respective films.
A sample of his whistling can be heard on the track “Big Noise” from his son Kyle Eastwood’s jazz CD “Paris Blue” (2004).
At the The 45th Annual Academy Awards (1973) (TV), he presented the 1972 Best Picture Oscar to Albert S. Ruddy, the producer of The Godfather (1972). Thirty-two years later, they would jointly accept the 2004 Best Picture Oscar at the The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) (TV), along with fellow Million Dollar Baby (2004) co-producer Tom Rosenberg.
At the The 72nd Annual Academy Awards (2000) (TV) in 2000, presented the Best Picture statuette to American Beauty (1999).
Was named the #1 top money-making star at the box office in Quigley Publications’ annual poll of movie exhibitors five times between 1972 and 1993. Bing Crosby, Burt Reynolds and Tom Hanks also have been named #1 five times, while Tom Cruise holds the record for being named #1 six times.
Wife Dina Ruiz (Dina Eastwood) is a former local television news anchor/reporter in California.
On February 27, 2005, at age 74, he became the oldest person to win the Best Director Oscar for Million Dollar Baby (2004). His 95-year old mother was in attendance at the ceremony.
He directed 10 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Gene Hackman, Meryl Streep, Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Marcia Gay Harden, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, Matt Damon, and himself (in Unforgiven (1992) and Million Dollar Baby (2004)). Hackman, Penn, Robbins, Freeman and Swank won Oscars for their performances in one of Eastwood’s movies.
For two consecutive years he directed two out of the four actors who won Oscars for their performances: Sean Penn (Best Actor) and Tim Robbins (Best Supporting Actor) in Mystic River (2003)) in 2004, and Hilary Swank (Best Actress) and Morgan Freeman (Best Supporting Actor) for Million Dollar Baby (2004)) in 2005.
2000: Received an honorary Doctorate from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Wesleyan is also home to his personal archives.
Every year the PGA tour comes to Pebble Beach, California, to host a celebrity golf tournament where celebrities team up with the professionals. Clint has participated in this every year from 1962-2002 and has been the longest running participant. He now serves as Host.
In early 2005 he announced that he would supply the voice for a “Dirty Harry” video game.
2005: Premiere Magazine ranked him as #43 on a list of the Greatest Movie Stars of All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature.
Favorite actor is James Cagney.
Some of his favorite movies are, The 39 Steps (1935), Sergeant York (1941), The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) and Chariots of Fire (1981).
Some of his favorite actors are Gary Cooper, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum and James Stewart.
In the late 1990s he said that Play Misty for Me (1971), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), Bronco Billy (1980),Honkytonk Man (1982), Unforgiven (1992) and A Perfect World (1993) are the favorites of the films he had done.
Has his look-alike puppet in the French show “Les guignols de l’info” (1988).
He stood at 6’4″ at his peak, but due to recent back problems, he can only stretch up to 6’2″.
He, Warren Beatty, Robert Redford, Mel Gibson, Richard Attenborough and Kevin Costner are the only directors best known as actors who have won an Academy Award as Best Director.
1994: President of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival.
Claimed that the trait he most despised in others was racism.
The boots that he wore in Unforgiven (1992) are the same ones he wore in the TV series “Rawhide” (1959). They are now a part of his private collection and were on loan to the 2005 Sergio Leone exhibit at the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles, California. In essence these boots have book-ended his career in the Western genre.
He and former partner Sondra Locke made six films together: Any Which Way You Can (1980), Bronco Billy (1980), Every Which Way But Loose (1978), The Gauntlet (1977), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) and Sudden Impact (1983).
As a director, he has always refused, and refuses to this day, to test screen his films before their release.
He objected to the end of Dirty Harry (1971) when Harry throws his badge away after killing the Scorpio Killer, arguing with director Don Siegel that Harry knew that being a policeman was the only work for which he was suited. Siegel eventually convinced Eastwood that Harry threw his badge away as a symbol that he had lost faith in the justice system.
His production company is Malpaso Productions, which he formed in 1968.
2005: At the National Board of Review awards dinner in New York City, Eastwood joked that he would kill filmmaker Michael Moore if Moore ever showed up at his home with a camera (an evident reference to Moore’s controversial interview with Eastwood’s friend, actor/Second Amendment advocate Charlton Heston, for the movie Bowling for Columbine (2002)). After the crowd laughed, Eastwood said, “I mean it.” Moore’s spokesman said, “Michael laughed along with everyone else, and took Mr Eastwood’s comments in the lighthearted spirit in which they were given.” Publicly, Eastwood has not commented further.
Took acting class from Michael Chekhov in Hollywood.
1972: He attended President Richard Nixon’s landslide victory celebration in Los Angeles, along with John Wayne, Charlton Heston, and Glenn Ford.
1972: Was appointed to serve on the National Council of the Arts by President Richard Nixon.
Voted for Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952 and 1956, Richard Nixon in 1968 and 1972, Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984, Ross Perot in 1992, and John McCain in 2008.
Has ruled out the possibility of playing Dirty Harry again, saying he has “outgrown him age-wise.”
2006: His performance as “Dirty” Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry (1971) is ranked #92 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Performances of All Time.
At a press conference for his movie Mystic River (2003), Eastwood condemned the Iraq war as a “big mistake” and defended Sean Penn’s visit to Baghdad, saying he might have done the same thing but for his age.
February 7, 2006: His mother, Ruth Eastwood, died at age 96.
1992: He declined an offer from President George Bush to campaign for him in the Presidential election. He told an interviewer the next year, “I think what the ultra-right wing conservatives did to the Republicans is really self- destructive, absolutely stupid.”.
His performance as Blondie in Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo. (1966) is ranked #50 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
His performance as “Dirty” Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry (1971) is ranked #42 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
Was friends with Robert Donner.
He claims that he wound up getting the role in Sergio Leone’s Per un pugno di dollari (1964) because James Coburn, to whom the role was originally offered, wanted $25,000. Eastwood accepted the role for $15,000.
Was offered Al Pacino’s role in Any Given Sunday (1999), but turned it down because Warner Bros. wouldn’t let him direct it also.
Is a patron of the arts, notably as an avid collector of western art.
Presented the Golden Globe Award for Best Director to Ang Lee for Brokeback Mountain (2005).
2005: His “Fistful” mannerisms was imitated in Canada, by the Tim Horton’s restaurant chain, to promote the Southwest chicken sub.
Served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was stationed at Ft. Ord, California, across from Monterey (over the hill from where he now lives and has served as mayor, Carmel-by-the-Sea). He was a swimming instructor.
Whenever asked if he would do a Dirty Harry 6, he often joked that he can imagined Dirty Harry now longed retired, and fly-fishing with his .44 magnum.
His first screen appearance was an uncredited role in Revenge of the Creature (1955), as the goofy white-coated lab assistant who does the silly mouse gag in the lab scene with the monkey. His only line in the film is, “I’ve lost my white mouse”.
Cited as America’s Favorite Movie Star by the Harris Polls conducted in 1993, 1994 and 1997. Tom Hanks and Harrison Ford are the only other actors to be cited as the #1 Movie Star as many times.
He was not nominated for an Academy Award, either as an actor or as a director, until age 62.
His favorite movie is John Ford’s How Green Was My Valley (1941).
1968: Met John Wayne for the first time at the Republican National Convention.
2/17/07: He was awarded the rank of “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur” by French President Jacques Chirac as a tribute to his career as an actor and a filmmaker.
Voted for Arnold Schwarzenegger as Governor of California in 2003 and 2006.
Son of Clinton Eastwood (11 June 1906 – 22 July 1970) and wife Margaret Ruth Runner (1 September 1909 – 7 February 2006).
1969: Attended a celebration of John Wayne’s 40-year career at Paramount Studios, along with Lee Marvin, Rock Hudson, Fred MacMurray, James Stewart, Ernest Borgnine, Michael Caine and Laurence Harvey.
1972: Had to fill in for Charlton Heston at the The 44th Annual Academy Awards (1972) (TV) until Heston arrived.
Was offered Gregory Peck’s role in Mackenna’s Gold (1969), but turned it down to make Hang ‘Em High (1968) instead.
The producers of Dirty Harry (1971) originally didn’t want Eastwood, since they felt he was too young at 41. After older stars like John Wayne, Frank Sinatra and Robert Mitchum turned the film down, Eastwood was cast. He last played Harry Callahan aged 57 in The Dead Pool (1988), which was the age the character was supposed to be in the first film according to the original screenplay.
William Friedkin offered him the lead in Sorcerer (1977), but Eastwood didn’t want to travel anywhere at that time. Jack Nicholson turned the film down for the same reason.
Used to shop at Market Basket a lot when it was still open.
Mentioned in theme song in The Adventures of George the Projectionist (2006).
5/11/07: Received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Southern California.
Studied at Los Angeles City College.
Learned mountain climbing for The Eiger Sanction (1975) because he felt the scenes were too dangerous for him to pay a stuntman to do for him. He was the last climber up The Totem Pole in Monument Valley, and as part of the contract, the movie crew removed the pitons left by decades of other climbers. The scene where he was hanging off the mountain by a single rope was actually Eastwood, and not a stuntman.
An accomplished jazz pianist, he performs much of the music for his movies, including the scene in the bar in In the Line of Fire (1993).
T12/6/06: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver inducted Eastwood into the California Hall of Fame located at The California Museum for History, Women, and the Arts.
Along with John Travolta and Tom Selleck, he attended the formal state dinner at the White House held by President Ronald Reagan to welcome Prince Charles and Princess Diana to the United States in 1985.
In the late 1980s he discussed remaking the classic Sam Peckinpah western Ride the High Country (1962) with Charlton Heston.
He was made a Fellow of the British Film Institute in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film culture.
William Goldman said of Eastwood that he was the only person to be a star in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. By “star” Goldman means Variety’s list of top ten actors of the decade.
Sondra Locke wrote an autobiography titled “The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly”, which included details about her troubled relationship with him.
Former longtime companion Sondra Locke filed a palimony lawsuit against him after their break-up in 1990. The settlement included a financial payment and a contract between Locke and Warner Bros. She sued him again in 1996 for fraud. They settled out of court in 1999, for a reported large amount, details of which were not publicly disclosed.
Though he often smokes in his movies, he is a lifelong non-smoker offscreen.
Although he can handle pistols with either hand equally well, he is left-eye dominant, evident when he shoots a rifle as in Joe Kidd (1972) or Unforgiven (1992), but is right handed, as seen when he wears or handles one pistol.
He and Burt Reynolds both had major influences on their respective careers. It was he who sent a copy of “Sharky’s Machine” to Reynolds, which gave Reynolds the idea to turn the novel into a movie, Sharky’s Machine (1981), which went on to garner excellent reviews. On the other hand, it was Reynolds the one who sent Clint a copy of “The Outlaw Josey Wales”, made into a major motion picture by Eastwood (The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)). Years later, Burt told Clint about this great novel called The Bridges of Madison County, and some time later, it was shot by Eastwood (The Bridges of Madison County (1995)).
Served as Mayor of Carmel California for one term with a salary of $300.00 per year.
Lived with Frances Fisher from 1990 to 1995. They have also appeared in three movies together: Pink Cadillac (1989), Unforgiven (1992) and True Crime (1999).
Turned down the title role in Dick Tracy (1990) that went to Warren Beatty.
Has a younger sister, Jean, and three nieces.
Attended the The 65th Annual Academy Awards (1993) (TV) with his mother Ruth and stepfather John.
Has been extremely health-conscious ever since his father, Clinton Sr., died of a stroke at age 63 on July 22, 1970.
Though he has lapsed out of organized religion, he practices meditation twice a day.
Dislikes hunting, saying that he doesn’t enjoy killing an animal for no reason.
Stepfather, John Belden Wood, died on February 18, 2004 at age 90. He was married to Clint’s mother for almost 32 years.
While serving in the Army during the Korean War, he survived a plane crash landing into the Pacific, north of San Francisco, and swam two miles to shore. Because he had to testify about the incident, he was not sent to Korea with his unit.
He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts on February 25, 2010 for his services and contributions to the arts.
Contrary to rumors, he is not a vegetarian. However, he does keep to a strict lowfat diet.